More than two months after 14-year-old West Virginia student Jared Marcum wore a National Rifle Association T-shirt to Logan Middle School, criminal charges stemming from his refusal to take off the shirt have been dropped.Read the full story here:
Earlier this past May, another story made the news about a kindergartner who was suspended after bringing a cowboy cap gun to school. The boy was interrogated for over two hours before his mother was called, and the ordeal left the boy scared and unaware of what he had done. The suspension went onto his permanent academic record and he would miss the rest of his classes for the year.
The Washington Post reports that the decision has been overturned in an appeal.
“In the Calvert case, the family’s attorney, Robin Ficker, filed a five-page appeal asking that the suspension be reversed, the record be wiped clean and a public hearing be held by the school board.
The appeal said that kindergartners are introduced to the student conduct code through a coloring book the first week of school. The 5-year-old was not yet reading at that point and did not grasp the gravity of the rules, according to the document.
“It is common for kindergartners to play Cowboys and Indians, Cops and Robbers or to bring things to Show and Tell,” the appeal said. “In any case, telling a little 5 year old something once or twice, is often not enough.”